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Estelle "Dodi" Burkhart Scrapbook Collection 048
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Palos Verdes Library District, Peninsula Center Library. Local History Center.
    Title: Estelle "Dodi" Burkhart Scrapbook Collection
    Creator: Burkhart, Estelle "Dodi", 1899-1981
    Identifier/Call Number: 048
    Physical Description: 3 Cubic Feet 6 oversize storage boxes
    Date (bulk): 1962-1963;1972-1979 (with gaps)
    Abstract: This collection documents the early efforts to incorporate the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, and the early years of the City from its incorporation in 1973 to 1979. Also included are materials covering the proposal for a Peninsula Park and Recreation District prior to incorporation, developers and development of residential areas on the Peninsula, the landfill, Marineland, and the Peninsula's Bicentennial Celebration activities in 1976.

    Content Description

    Includes six scrapbooks created by Estelle "Dodi" Burkhart, with newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, brochures, timelines and agendas. Newspapers include Palos Verdes Peninsula News, Daily Breeze, Los Angeles Times and other area papers. Scrapbooks numbered Book 3, Book 4, Book 6, Book 7, Book 8, and one untitled book covering 1962-1963. Photographs include those taken from the Burkhart home (30423 Vía Cambron, Rancho Palos Verdes) overlooking Palos Verdes Drive West and roughly Calle Entradero and city events.

    Biographical / Historical

    Estelle "Dodi" Burkhart was a nineteen year resident of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, moving to the area in 1961. Ms. Burkhart was instrumental in the efforts to incorporate the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, first as an organizing member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Advisory Council, and then with the Save Our Coastline and Fourth City Campaign Committee movements which ultimately lead to city incorporation in 1973. She was an unofficial historian and collected newspaper articles, photographs, brochures documenting the early years of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She was a founding member of the Rancho De Los Palos Verdes Historical Society and served on the Bicentennial Committee for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, collecting oral histories and materials related to the City.


    Arranged chronologically, with loose materials filed separately.

    Preferred Citation

    [Name of item], Estelle "Dodi" Burkhart Scrapbook Collection (Collection 048). Local History Center, Peninsula Center Library, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated to the Local History Center by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

    Processing Information

    Loose photos and/or photos attached with clips removed and filed separately. Cross reference copy added at place of removal. Final arrangement and description by Monique Sugimoto, April 27, 2021.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.)
    Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)